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The Hanging of Angelique, by Afua Cooper.

An absolute MUST READ!

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The Hanging of Angelique:  The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal, by Afua Cooper.   University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Race in the Atlantic World Series.

An important, wide-ranging history focusing on a slave woman and the context of life in colonial Montreal, slavery in Canada and the international Atlanta Slave Trade.

Afua Cooper tells the story of Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave woman who is believed to have started the massive fire which destroyed the merchant section of Montreal in 1734.  Fleshing out her story, Cooper provide abundant historical contexts so that readers can see the larger stories of which Angelique was a part.  At times, the context pulls away from Angelique’s particular story, diminishing the unity of the book.  For those of us unfamiliar with the global dimensions of slavery, however, the larger pictures she provides are invaluable.

Too many of us know the…

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Cultural Healing

The  Slave Trade, the Colonization of North American Indigenous People and the Holocaust are some of most horrific human rights violations in world history that have left behind a legacy of  trauma and… pain.  Cultural communities, severely impacted by these events,   are now faced with the  challenge of trying to heal while trying to nurture and protect future generations.

On May 5th,  2013,  BONDFIRES will publish a three-part series of  posts on Cultural Healing.

Part 1 – RESILIENCE, will feature an interview with Tommy Miller,  a prominent leader in the black community of  Ithaca, NY,  who will examine  Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome and share his perspective on the impact of the slave trade on African-American people and the process of healing.

At BONDFIRES, our hope is that you will continue to participate in the de-construction and eradication of racism in North American society (and the world) by raising awareness to the issues of race and racism, by providing information about racism that will encourage  people to examine their own beliefs/ actions and make  informed choices not to participate in racist acts, racist speech/remarks , or be involved in systems that maintain racism in our society and…the world. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to follow our blog, post a comment, share information and engage in dialogue about the information we present.

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